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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 43:1-5

David here makes application to God, by faith and prayer, as his judge, his strength, his guide, his joy, his hope, with suitable affections and expressions. I. As his Judge, his righteous Judge, who he knew would judge him, and who (being conscious of his own integrity) he knew would judge for him (Ps. 43:1): Judge me, O God! and plead my cause. There were those that impeached him; against them he is defendant, and from their courts, where he stood unjustly convicted and condemned, he appeals... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 43:5

Why art thou cast down, O my soul ?.... See Gill on Psalm 42:5 and See Gill on Psalm 42:11 . read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 43:5

Why art thou cast down - Though our deliverance be delayed, God has not forgotten to be gracious. The vision, the prophetic declaration relative to our captivity, was for an appointed time. Though it appear to tarry, we must wait for it. In the end it will come, and will not tarry; why then should we be discouraged? Let us still continue to trust in God, for we shall yet praise him for the fullest proofs of his approbation in a great outpouring of his benedictions. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 43:1-5

God the salvation of the countenance; or, a light heart makes a bright face. Dr. Binnie remarks, "The forty-second and forty-third [psalms] (which go together), were almost certainly written by the Korahites who accompanied David in his flight beyond the Jordan during Absalom's rebellion." £ Nearly all modern critics consider that this and the preceding psalm formed originally but one. £ So the similarity of Psalms 42:5 , Psalms 42:11 and Psalms 43:5 would suggest. There is a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 43:1-5

Strengthening the heart in God. What Jonathan did for David when he went to him into the wood of Ziph, David does here for himself—he strengthens his heart in God ( 1 Samuel 23:16 ). "Hope in God." We learn here that— I. HOPE IS BASED ON GOD 'S REVELATION OF HIMSELF . We only know God as he is pleased to make himself known to us. In his works and in his Word we find the same character. The lesson comes to us from all sides that God is true, and that his laws should be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 43:5

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God . The refrain of Psalms 42:11 is here repeated totidem verbis ; and the plaint of the exiled monarch is brought to an end. The burden of the refrain is hope and confidence. Notwithstanding the woes of the present, the writer has no doubt in respect of the future; he will yet have occasion to "praise" God, whom he feels to... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 43:5

Why art thou cast down?... - See Psalms 42:5, note; Psalms 42:11, note. The sameness of this verse with Psalms 42:5, Psalms 42:11 proves, as has been already remarked, that this psalm was composed by the same writer, and with reference to the same subject as the former. The doctrine which is taught is the same - that we should not be dejected or cast down in the troubles of life, but should hope in God, and look forward to better times, if not in this world, certainly in the world to come. If... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 43:3-5

Psalms 43:3-5. O send out Actually impart and discover; thy light and thy truth Thy favour, or the light of thy countenance, and the truth of thy promises made to me; or, the true light, the illumination of thy Spirit, and the direction of thy gracious providence, whereby I may be led in the right way. Let them bring me unto thy holy hill Of Zion, the place of thy presence and worship. Then will I go unto the altar of God To offer sacrifices of thanksgiving for my deliverance; unto... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 43:1-5

Psalms 42-43 Longing for God’s templeIn many ancient manuscripts Psalms 42:0 and 43 form one psalm. Together they express the sorrow of a devout worshipper, possibly a temple singer, who lived in the far north of Israel (see 42:6) and could no longer go to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. This may have been because the kingdom was now divided, and the northern king would not allow his people to travel into the southern territory, where Jerusalem was situated. The king rejected the religion... read more

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